Mists: Hydrating or All Hype?

I know, I know, what a click-baity title. Sorry, I’ve been reading the whole internet while I take breaks from grading and it’s had a bad influence on me.

Anyway, back to the topic at hand: mists! When I first heard about mists awhile ago as yet another “step” in the Asian skincare lineup, I will admit that I rolled my eyes. I was pretty that they were a hyped-up product that didn’t really have anything new to offer my skin.

Of course, that didn’t stop me from buying a couple…erm…a number of them.


What they do

For those of you who wandered here to figure out what a mist is, it’s basically a watery toner-like product in a spray bottle or in an aerosol container that you can spray on your face throughout the day to keep your face cool and hydrated.

In addition to being soothing, cooling your skin is supposed to keep sebum–the stuff in your pores that can clog them and cause pimples–from being produced.Of course, there are different mists for different types of skin: oily, dehydrated, sensitive, and acne-prone. So, in theory, mists are a pretty great addition to your daily routine.

So, I’ve tried and tested a number of mists: the Benton Honest Mist, the adorable Tony Moly Pocket Bunny Mist,the Pyunkang Yul Mist Toner, a mini of the Sulwhasoo Hydro-aid Moisturizing Soothing Mist, and a mini of the Amore Pacific Moisture Bound Skin Energy Hydration Delivery. Am I impressed? Well, not really.

In reality, I had hoped that maybe mists were the answer to saving my dry, tight skin in the winter. As it turns out, that is the thing they are the least good for. Spraying a mist on my skin midday does not hydrate it for any longer than 2 minutes. Like, at all. I’ve got sunscreen and makeup on, so I’m not surprised that the liquid can’t penetrate through to my skin.

How I actually use mists

  1. Immediately after a shower.
    There’s this interesting “3 second moisturizing rule” touted by Soko Glam that says Korean women get skincare on their face within 3 seconds of cleansing. The idea is that your skin shouldn’t be allowed to dry out before you start your skincare routine. First of all, I’m always wary of blanket statements about entire populations. Second of all, this is….kind of intense. But, I like the general sentiment. It goes back to the idea that it’s easier for products to absorb if the skin stays moist. Again, the sponge analogy where a sponge will absorb more when its moist than it will when completely dry makes sense.
  2. Between steps in my routine.
    Same basic idea as above. Sometimes I start doing something as I wait for something to absorb, wait too long and then want to spray on a mist before the next step. I also find them useful right before a wash-off mask. Or, if I’m needing extra hydration, I’ll spray a thin layer on between layers of toner. The fine mist allows the products to absorb quickly, as opposed to my Neutrogena-splash style of applying watery products.
  3. On the rubycell puff of my cushion.
    This is an ingenious idea I’ve seen time and again in the AB community. I have two cushions that are full-coverage, which is way too thick and cakey for me. So, I spray the rubycell puff with a mist, push it into the cushion, and voila, I have sheer coverage! It works like a dream.

And that’s really it.

I know, kind of a let-down, right? That’s sort of how I feel. I mean, mists have their uses, but I can do the same by decanting a toner into a nice misting bottle. Truth be told, that’s probably what I’m going to do after I finish up these mists.

Are there any differences between the mists you bought?

Great question! Of the mists I currently own, here are the rankings based on the fineness of the spray, which, really, is the defining feature of a mist:

  1. Pyunkang Yul Mist Toner
  2. Sulwhasoo Hydro-aid Moisturizing Soothing Mist
  3. Amore Pacific Moisture Bound Skin Energy Hydration Delivery
  4. Benton Honest Mist
  5. Tony Moly Pocket Bunny Mist

Ok, so I came here to read this? What other info do you have about mists?

I’m trying. As I’m realizing, mists aren’t exactly as exciting as snail mucin.



Um….oh, the scent! Benton and the Pyunkang Yul are both completely scentless. The Sulwhasoo smells herbally, like most Sulwhasoo products; the Amore Pacific smells a bit perfumey; like all Amore Pacific products, and the Tony Moly smells very sweet.

If you HAD to repurchase one, which one would it be?

Probably the Sulwhasoo. I like the mist and the scent. But I probably wouldn’t buy a full size. The trial size is actually perfect (and much more affordable). So, uh. There you go.

If you’re interested in purchasing mists, check out my post on where I buy Asian beauty products online.


Well, so now you’re all caught up on mists. Anything I missed? Let me know in the comments!



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